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How to Make a Celtic Knot

Updated on March 16, 2018

I Want to Draw and Knit some Celtic Knots

Spirals within spirals, knots within knots, wonderfully stylised graphical representations are instantly recognisable as Celtic ornamentation.

I love the knots used for decoration and I want to create some myself. The Celtic Knot honours the cultural heritage of Celtic peoples and I've come late to the appreciation of my Irishness.

What does the Celtic Knot mean?

The Significance of the Endless Knot

The Celtic Knot is all about beginnings and endings

Look at one of these Celtic Knots and you can't see where it begins and where it ends, it's a symbol of the timeless nature of our spirit, the infinite cycle of birth and rebirth. Nature, says the knot, has a never-ending path.

We can use the Celtic knot as a charm of sorts - warding against sickness or setbacks. Just as in ancient times, we can bestow gifts adorned with these mystic knots which carry wishes of longevity, or luck with new endeavours.

By making our own Celtic Knots, we can honour the spirit of the Irish, the Scottish, the Welsh, the British, and indeed anyone with Celtic heritage, but the significance of the Celtic Knot is universal.

Draw a Celtic Knot

Knit with Celtic Knots

Pattern for the Celtic Knot Neck Warmer at Moonlight Knitting

This is just so beautiful! I plan to make at least three in different colours but I may even knit more.

A neck warmer really hits the spot when the weather is chilly, not cold enough to don a full fleecy sweater, but enough to warm that tender bit of the neck.

What better for a neck warmer than a Celtic Knot?

The Quaternary Celtic Knot

What does the Four Cornered Knot mean?

I love every Celtic Knot that I've ever seen but my favourite has to be the Quaternary.

What does it mean? Like all Celtic Knots there's more than one way to interpret the significance of this design. Does it represent the elements of fire, earth, wind and water? Perhaps it calls to mind the four great Celtic Festivals of the Wheel of the Year, the festivals of Samhain, Beltane, Imbolc and Lughnasadh.

When I look at the four cornered knot I think of Brigid, the Goddess of the Four Fires.

Like all Celtic Knots, it carries luck, just remember the four leaf clover.

How to Make a Tree of Life Knot

The Celtic knot is also called the mystic knot, or the endless knot

How to Tie a Celtic Heart Knot

Celtic Knots in a Knitted Throw Rug

This large Throw Rug, or Afghan, is absolutely stunning.

All around are borders of Celtic Knots enclosing a pattern of leaves and, in the very centre, a lovely representation of the Tree of Life. You can get this in a free knitting pattern from Knitting Daily

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      I enjoy Celtic knots. They are just interesting to look at. It's nice to get to know some of the meanings behind the knots as well.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Celtic knots are exquisite. I have been seeking patterns for crafting leather journal covers. Love those featured here. That neck warmer is incredibly appealing. I need one!

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      COUNTRYLUTHIER blesses this lens and the endless knots that come from it. Harps are often decorated using these knots, especially Celtic Harps. I may use one on my next harp. Great job here Susanna!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Celtic knots really are beautiful no matter in which pattern you tie them up.

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      grannysage 5 years ago

      Celtic knot designs adorn many of our purchases, from jewelry to clothing to wall hangings.

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      EMangl 5 years ago

      enjoyed the youtube video, just tried - really very simple :-)

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      Glendame 5 years ago

      I wish I could make a Celtic Knot

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      EpicFarms 5 years ago

      I love it! I've marked this page so I can come back and play :o)

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      This sooooo good, I am giving it my first Blessing of this Friday the 13th!

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      getwellsoon 5 years ago

      Wow, knitted celtic knots are amazing! Not sure I could do them, but they look beautiful.